Education Innovation Series

Quadrilingual Education in Singapore

Pedagogical Innovation in Language Education

Editors: Silver, Rita Elaine, Bokhorst-Heng, Wendy D. (Eds.)

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  • Focuses on empirical classroom research on the four official languages, showcasing the overarching quadrilingual education system in Singapore
  • Also brings in insights on early years / primary level language-in-education settings and issues
  • Highlights past successes, current concerns and future directions for language education in Singapore
  • Examines the dialectical relationship between policy and practice
  • Provides in-depth knowledge on Singapore’s language education system that allows readers to understand the system as well as gain insights into their own educational systems, issues, concerns and pedagogies
  • Provides a basis for international comparison – especially for those who are interested in fostering English proficiency while maintaining one or more national languages
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This book explores Singapore’s language education system. Unlike previous volumes, which discuss the bilingual requirement for learning, it focuses on Singapore’s quadrilingual system, bringing together articles on each of the four languages – English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil – as well as articles that examine more than one language. It highlights past successes, current concerns, and future directions for language education. The book focuses on classroom pedagogy in all four official languages, showcasing how languages are taught and learned in Singapore as a basis for better understanding the system “from the inside out.” The authors present empirical, classroom-based studies on language pedagogy in all four languages, as well as updated information on the current socio-political context and how it has influenced attempts at pedagogical innovation. Consideration is given to the dialectical relationship between policy and practice.  The chapters also include discussions of pre-school-age learning, influences of language policy, home literacy practices, and commentaries by international language-in-education scholars. This approach also provides a basis for international comparison – especially for those who are interested in fostering English proficiency while maintaining one or more national languages. The volume is particularly important in light of the continuing international efforts to integrate English into national educational systems where it is not the dominant language.

About the authors


Rita Elaine Silver is an Associate Professor in English Language and Literature, National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her specialisation is language-in-education with an emphasis on policy-classroom pedagogy-professional development connections.  Her work has appeared in Language Policy, TESOL Quarterly, System,Language Teaching Research, Language in Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, and Journal of Educational Change. Previous monographs includeLanguage in Education: Social Implications (with M. Lwin, 2014); Language Learning in New English Contexts (with L. Alsagoff & C. C. M. Goh, 2009) andLanguage Learning: Home, School and Society (with C. C. M. Goh, 2007). She is co-editor of Language and Education.

Wendy Bokhorst-Heng is an Associate Professor in Education at Crandall University, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Prior to her current position, she has also held positions in Singapore at the National Institute of Education, in Washington, D.C. at American University, and has directed a language program at the British Council in Beijing, China. Her research involves a focus on language policy and ideology, English as an international language, multiculturalism and diversity, and comparative education. Her work has appeared in World Englishes

Multilingua, TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Current Issues in Language Planning. She has also contributed chapters to a number of books. She has a co-authored volume with S. McKay, International English in its Sociolinguistic Contexts.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Overarching Themes, Bilingual Dreams and Multilingual Landscapes: Quadrilingual Education in Singapore

    Silver, Rita Elaine (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • Transmission and Development of Literacy Values and Practices: An Ethnographic Study of a Malay Family in Singapore

    Abu Bakar, Mukhlis

    Pages 23-38

  • ‘I Believe, Therefore I Practice’: Teachers’ Beliefs on Literacy Acquisition and Their Classroom Practices

    Aman, Norhaida

    Pages 39-56

  • Commentary on ‘Transitions’

    Perry, Bob

    Pages 57-62

  • A Reading Profile of Singapore Primary 1 Students and Implications for Reading Pedagogy

    Shegar, Chitra (et al.)

    Pages 65-82

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-287-967-7
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-287-965-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Quadrilingual Education in Singapore
Book Subtitle
Pedagogical Innovation in Language Education
Editors
  • Rita Elaine Silver
  • Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng
Series Title
Education Innovation Series
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-287-967-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-287-967-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-287-965-3
Series ISSN
2211-4874
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 326
Number of Illustrations
27 illustrations in colour
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